The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 10 March - 22 March 2003
Public holiday, I never know what to do on public holidays, always walk
about a bit lost.
I hear that the biggest selling item on the streets of Baghdad is not water
or duct tape..it's canaries. A canary is the cheapest chemical weapon
detector...I think chickens are too- the US marines have a lot of chickens
with them for that reason.
Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne has just had 1300 solar panels added to
it's 2000 square metre roof. It creates enough electricity to power 63 homes
and 60% of the market power for the year. The Bracks government put in a
chunk of the $$$. There should be more projects like this.
Get a pile of invites for the Simone Maynard exhibition at the Jackman
gallery, a bit lazy lose the vibe and don't go...so many more art shows
coming up, so I'll make up for it.
Bic Runga's "Something Good" went to Australian radio today, not sure when
it's in the stores here, it did well in NZ, top 5 hit and helped push the
album to 4 times platinum in New Zealand.
DVD is sure getting popular. 3100 DVD players were sold in Australia in the
first year of DVD being released here. Last year 750,000 were sold..of
course that includes DVD players with Playstation etc etc Nearly everyone we
know has one. Our Split Enz and Skyhooks DVD are around 60% of the way to
obtaining a Gold DVD award. Overseas fans wanting the Split Enz DVD should
check out an Australian on line store like www.hmv.com.au
Remember it's in PAL format (so yep UK F/16 readers can play it).
Head off with Jen and Ben for some Turkish..I had food already but will
always partake in some Turkish desert. They had the ultimate Pizza Oven, it
probably doubles as an air raid shelter- we were impressed.The Yeti had his
sliderule out taking down Pizza Oven specs.
Have Lou Reeds TRANSFORMER CD playing in the car- brilliant CD. It always
makes my ten desert island discs.
Mark owes me $50 as I said I could get to the Yeti's house in under 30
minutes. 24 minutes later home in time for Buffy the vampire Slayer. Green
lights all the way. You owe me MG.
Well GLAMOUR arrived today, the 3rd book in the F/16 series. It's probably
going to be the last diary book for awhile- need to have a break from them,
mainly because they are such full on projects to do. That first moment
opening up the boxes and flicking through, is always a bit scary...but it
came together (again) so 3 out of 3. We looked at the figures for Hussy and
Bang! last week and they have sold the exact same amount of copies- not one
more or one less. Typically freaky of us. So GLAMOUR is the third release-
we now have a trilogy- move over Star Wars!
Belinda Bardot has some breakfast with us at Babble, Jackie and the Elf and
MG too, we take over the big long table. Miss Boo is looking good, working
hard on more songs for her solo debut later on this year.
Jurate at Greville Street Book store (145 Greville street Prahran) has all
three F/16 books in the window. So if any Melbourne fans want to save on
postage you can get a copy via Greville Street Book store. It's a great shop
has some very cool books available- there is a Ramones book in the window
that I think will be my next expenditure....looks like a good read.
It is a strange feeling when you walk by and your books are "looking" at
Michael Jackson loses another court case and has to pay $9 million. Karma???
We decide to take a table at the Camberwell Collectors/CD Fair which is on
March 23rd (Sunday). Same location as always- Camberwell Civic Centre (340
Camberwell Rd, Camberwell). Melways Ref. 59 J1. Doors open at 10.00 am.
Going to give the office a good clean out so who knows what bargains will be
found. So Melbourne people drop on by, we are located in the foyer at the
Fair. We only do this Fair a couple of time a year.
Hear from Tim Finn, Marie expects to have the baby any day now, guess we'll
know if I am right, I keep saying it's a girl. be nice to have a girl to
break the continuous procession of boys. (:
We decided today that I am Evan...scary! I even wear the same boxers.
(Secret Life of Us reference).
Have breakfast with Tania and Rosemaree at Babble- they get their copies of
GLAMOUR seeing how both managed to get on the back cover in their alter
Tania has bought a DVD player, so that's another friend who has one. Her
first purchase was our Skyhooks RIGHT THERE ON MY DVD release.
Babble is packed, always fresh new faces on Sunday. Spencer McLaren is in
the corner, I just kept quiet as I'm sure T&R didn't know who he was.So does
he have a boyfriend? Funny if that's so- a Gay actor, playing a Gay actor
playing a straight actor....makes sense if you watch the show.
Apparently Neil is busy writing, guess it's songs for Finn Bros. There was
talk of a Finn Bros show at Tabac (Neil & Sharon's Auckland Bar) but the
possibility of Marie having this baby very soon has probably put that
back...no more details at this stage. Kind of glad as I'd like to get to
Things are hotting up around Iraq. Saddam won't surrender before attempting
to cause as much trouble as possible, Bush just wants his scalp so much,
where his father failed he will go the extra yard. Meanwhile the Iraq people
will probably where the brunt of this bullshit War.
No sleep tonight, get up at 4.30 and flick between CNN, Fox and Australian
news channels. No sleep till Brooklyn!!!!
Grab some food in the afternoon as a few friends are dropping by who we
haven't had a chance to catch up with. RB and Marky B (not related to the
"B" family) and Ben & Jen and us. We're all hungry so decide to light up the
BBQ. Yeti and MG have BBQ control...I sit back and let them cook.
It's one of those nice nights, good table talk, good people.
Very wired, so we end up not sleeping...for a few days!!! Melbourne looks
very surreal in that time period...I wait for a hamburger at my local milk
bar and their kitchen wall tiles I seem to be fascinated with. Good home
made hamburgers though.
Work, watch DVDs and keep the cable on..you can smell War approaching... it
is just over the hill located somewhere behind the picture tube..not far
Tim drops me a line- Marie gave birth to a little girl-8 pounds 4 oz. They
called her Elliot Maisy Finn. St Patricks Day...Mary Finn must of had a hand
in that manouver. What a day to be born with War raging all around..."I was
born in a crossfire hurricane...".
Well the infamous FiFi didn't show for our dinner date. Had several other
things I could be doing- so yeah a bit pissed off. Hopefully everythings ok
will always give her the benefit of the doubt.
Not sure if some of you readers buy pre washed plastic packs of salad
leaves- rocket, radicchio,lollo rosso etc...but don't. The process used to
keep the greens crispy (modified atmosphere packaging) destroys a lot of the
vitamin C content and other nutrients. Plus extra plastic- who needs it.
Fresh is best.
Must of been the day to forget, Hester was suppose to call by too. he's
close to finishing this huge batch of songs, wants us to pick a couple to
remove from his upcoming CD....that's always a hard choice. At least it's
coming together. Go Paulo...now remember to drop in.
Wake up and I thought it was Armageddon ..the sky was pitch black and the
sun was strange, very blurry and deep blood red. It would rain for 5 minutes
at a time and very solid drops and every so often hail stones. CNN reports
that wild sandstorms are rolling across the deserts in Iraq, the worst for
nearly a hundred years. I'm sure a few oracles would be shouting out, the
end is near. It's stinky hot outside..I live in my old footy shorts today.
After all these years these black shorts still fit fine, at least my
waistline hasn't grown all that much, not bad for an old bastard.
At lunch time America is on "orange" alert, project "liberty shield" is
underway...hope it's not connected with Liberty Fries (what sort of dickhead
thinks things like this up?). Australia is on very very high alert. At least
the Americans pick a good colour panic pattern...we Aussies just add more
"very's" to the alert. I'd worry if we were on a very very very very high
French protestors against the War destroy a McDonalds. It had to happen,
with the "no to French products" by the USA, I wonder how many more Macca's
will go under. It's like Bush says you can vote, all nice and democratic at
things like the UN but you'd better vote with us. Talk about dictators. I
don't like that "bully on the block" stuff- no matter what country it is.
I hope the Australia, UK and USA force have some tact when they start moving
through Iraq. If they are their to truly help the people and oust this evil
bastard, they should be aware of their actions. Example- if you secure a
town- don't hoist up your flag- that's a sign of an invasion. I know the US
military in particular will be tempted to do this..I hope they understand
what that means...I'm sure they are all briefed on such things. lets hope
it's a short War, most people don't know that 40% of the citizens of Iraq
are children, that's a lot of kids, nearly double the percentage of other
countries. Kids are the future, the artists, the next generation of
brilliance. War is never fair on kids, and it's one of the main reason why I
hate this direct approach. Also the cost- $50 billion at it's cheapest,
that's 50 BILLION. You think how many people starving that it could help.
The biggest chunk of that $50 billion is not the weapons (surprisingly) it's
getting all that gear and people to the location.
Hear from Miss Belinda and drive to Acland Street to catch up with some
food. Just as I park I flick over to Triple J , by accident... the first
report comes in that we are bombing Iraq. It's on.
All I could hear were explosions while the contact was reporting in, made my
I parked the car and people were stopping on the street, everyone looked
shell shocked, just shaking their heads saying "this is awful". If nothing
else it proved how many people are against this.
At least these strikes were pinpoint hits, targeting where Saddam was... and
causing little physical damage to the people or Iraq. If they kill him this
way, and throw "shock and awe" campaign out the window it is worth it... but
I seriously don't think we are that lucky or sensible. Like most people just
want this over and done with, as less casualties as possible and our
soldiers home safe.
The protests are getting rather full on, 1000 people arrested at San
Francisco, Melbourne has another 15,000 people show up (good on you Fran for
your efforts), same for Sydney etc...
Sitting in a coffee bar with Belinda , watching people, everyone looks sad
today. On the way out the people at the coffee house say "You two are on TV
arn't you". I love that- your "two"...the girl goes "I know who you are but
is that the girl from Bardot".
I am too scared to ask who she thinks I am.....I should say I am Evan and
Belinda tells me that Melbourne is different to Sydney, in Sydney they come
straight up to you and get an autograph...in Melbourne they hide and follow
We both head over the Greg from the 'Hooks place, a quick visit as he's
studying law. Call into Paul Hesters too but he's not home.
Back home and we watch the events unfold...everyone asking the same
question, did these direct strikes kill Saddam. Hope so. Cook some dinner
and the lounge room fills up with people watching cable news. Belinda's
boyfriend Ed drops in, direct from a flight from Sydney, he's ok. We are a
bit like big mean brothers- check out all the boyfriends *grin*.
Can't sleep again, awake at 4.00 watch more news, oddly enough the
Australian cable news channels were best.
Babble is a cafe of excited and confused Ants today..mouths chomping away,
people scuttling about...all out of control.
My friend Squid sends me this link for a diary written by a young Iraq guy.
Just a regular guy like all of us. Some ignorant people assume that everyone
in Iraq is the "enemy" so diaries like his add a human face to it all.
Thanks Squiddly...hope you wern't arrested at San Francisco.
Work for some of the afternoon, a few calls, have to go sit in on a TV show
next week, all a bit hush hush. The things we do.
Make home made pizza's for dinner...haven't the vibe to cook.
Watch CNN and notice that the Iraq sea port has now been secured...and what
do they do, hoist up an American flag. Even the CNN journalist comments by
doing that it makes it look like an invasion. Actions like that will only
cause problems. Iraq is not your country America, help the people, and get
rid of that disgusting dictator and kill the evil Saddam Special Security
Organisation but it's wrong to raise your flag.
Well Baghdad had the hell blown out of it, 1000 cruise missiles plus all the
bombs from those B52's that left the UK. All I can think of is that
population of 40% kids. American and English soldiers killed, no
Australians yet but the SAS is deep in the heart of Iraq. I think about
these soldiers families- they'll never see them again, a person now removed
from your life, both sad and strange. Lets hope the casualties are small on
All this War and NSW has a state election this weekend. Today they go to the
Polls in NSW, I hope Bob Carr is returned, I just like his policy on denying
bail to repeat offenders...I guess I don't live in NSW (or Iraq?) so it's
really up to the people.
Grey day in Melbourne, Fee Fee finally calls, and that's great, will catch
up on Monday. Fun to relive all those Split Enz office days.
We have the Camberwell Collectors Fair (Camberwell Civic Centre) tomorrow-
Sunday 23rd. Hope we see heaps of people...should be fun. Doors open at
Please stay safe, it's strange times, and everyone must be true to their
beliefs. Lets hope the world returns to some level of sanity soon, with as
few casualties as possible and can someone please deport the person who
thought of the idea of "liberty fries" (GRIN).
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